Mute in the Conference League: Partizan Belgrade wears out 1. FC Köln

Mute in the Conference League
Partizan Belgrade wears out 1. FC Köln

1. FC Köln lost in the Conference League at home against Partizan Belgrade. The Bundesliga club has fallen behind early on and has little to do to seriously embarrass the Serbs. On the contrary: goalkeeper Schwäbe prevents a higher defeat.

After the coup against Borussia Dortmund, 1. FC Köln suffered its first setback in the Conference League. The team of coach Steffen Baumgart, who had defeated the German number two in the Bundesliga five days earlier, lost 1-0 (0-1) to the Serbian club Partizan Belgrade and dropped from first to third place in Group D. Svetozar Markovic (9th) made the decision early on for the guests, who took the lead in the table with their first win and the Cologne dress rehearsal for the derby on Sunday (3:30 pm / DAZN and in the live ticker) ruin at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

“We had very good opportunities where we did not score. That is part of football. In one situation or another we lacked peace of mind. In general, the performance was fine,” Baumgart told RTL . The coach had changed his starting team seven positions from the victory over Dortmund. Top performers Jonas Hector, Ellyes Skhiri and Dejan Ljubicic, among others, were initially on the bench. And the new elf had really found their way when they were already behind. After a free kick there was confusion in the penalty area of ​​Cologne, Markovic took the lead.

Cologne therefore took control, pushed the Serbs far back and created opportunities. Sargis Adamyan (23′) headed to the crossbar, his attacking partner Florian Dietz (31′) couldn’t get the ball past goalkeeper Aleksandar Popovic from a few meters away. This negligence almost took revenge, but Cologne keeper Marvin Schwäbe made an excellent save from one of the few chances the guests had (41st).

Even after the break, nothing changed in the course of the game. Cologne pushed for the equalizer, but was unlucky in the end. Baumgart responded after an hour with a three-point substitution. Next to Hector and Ljubicic came Linton Maina. Cologne wanted to force the equalizer with their final offensive and Mark Uth, who had recovered from pubic bone surgery, also had to help. The ex-national player came in the 71st minute – it did not help. Just as little as the strong saves of keeper Schwäbe, who prevented an earlier decision several times. Including two startling actions against striker Queensy Menig (62./64.). On the other hand, Aleksandar Popović was at his best in the seventh minute of added time, just clearing a ball from his own man’s line. Bitter for Cologne.

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